An estimated 5,000 children are injured every year in the U.S. by falling from windows. Screens are not strong enough to protect your child from falling out a window. The higher the window, the more dangerous the fall. Windows that are left unlocked or partially opened can be open enough for children to fall out. Many new windows now come with devices that limit how far a window may open. These devices, when activated, can limit the opening to 4 inches. This small opening prevents a child from getting through the opening and falling. These devices may not be obvious to many homeowners and are built into the sides of the window (similar to the picture on the right). The limiters can also be disabled for people without small children.
For windows that did not come with built-in limiters, they can be easily added for increased safety. Several companies offer these devices that can be added by the homeowner or a handyman. Below are a few different designs available. If you have small children living at home, please consider adding these devices, especially the higher windows in the home.